We had full houses for both screenings of Loving Vincent. Thanks to the distributors, we were able to include a pre-film talk by the director and a guest Q&A some of the stars and crew filmed at the UK premiere held in the National Gallery. Many patrons took the opportunity to stay for this fascinating insight into the acclaimed main feature, and those who have booked for the re-screening on Wednesday 29 November will also have the opportunity to see it. Unfortunately, this performance is virtually sold out, so your last chance to see this truly amazing animation will be our Babes in Arms screening on Tuesday 12 December at 11:00. Read more…..
Last week’s Halloween double bill and Borg vs McEnroe attracted below-average numbers but plenty of positive feedback. Some patrons considered the latter outstanding, and clearly enjoyed being transported back to a golden era of tennis.
Tuesday sees us screening Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, with a stand-out performance from Jennifer Lawrence in a horror-drama about the nature of art and relationships – not to be missed by anyone who admired Black Swan. Both performances of Loving Vincent on Thursday are sold out, but as we normally do when this happens, we have arranged another screening on Wednesday 29. Read more….
Overwhelming praise for the sold out performance of God’s Own Country on Tuesday evening – “wonderful”, “brilliant”, “stunning” are just some of the comments heard after the screening. Victoria and Abdul also had sold out showings this week. If you still have not seen this very popular film, we have arranged another screening on Wednesday 22 November at 19:30. More details below.
This week starts with our Halloween double bill. You don’t have to book both films, but if you do, you’ll save £2 due to our special offer. We start at 19:00 with the subtle and extraordinary A Ghost Story, “a haunting meditation on life, loss, and mankind’s place in the universe” (Baltimore Magazine). Having explored the fantastic, we face sheer terror at 21:00, in the form of It Comes At Night, a “deeply unsettling post-plague chiller” (The Guardian) that Mark Kermode made his film of the week. The Arts Bar will be open before both films, and you’re welcome to contribute to the spine-chilling atmosphere!
Patrons who saw our screening of Land of Mine not surprisingly described it as “immensely tense” and “harrowing”, but it was also a rewarding film about a little-known WWII subject. The Odyssey was also enjoyed by those who saw it, some of whom could remember seeing Cousteau’s films on television.
Only a handful of tickets still available for God’s Own Country, so you will need to be quick if you want to book for this exceptional British debut feature. Victoria and Abdul is sold out this week, but again there are a handful of tickets for both screenings on Wednesday 1 November. There are still seats available for our Halloween Double Bill of A Ghost Story and It Comes At Night, and you can save yourself £2 if you book both films together. Read more……..
There’s a varied programme of films on offer this week starting with Land of Mine (Under Sandet) on Tuesday. It tells the story of a youthful German prisoner of war unit who, at the end of World War II, are promised their freedom if they can clear landmines from a dangerous stretch of beach off the coast of Denmark. Nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Academy Award, Land of Mine is compelling and ‘unmissable’. Uncompromising viewing it may be, but the ultimate impression is of the overwhelming power of love… Read more……………
Tuesday’s audience for The Big Sick was the first to see the results of the recent project work – see update below. I myself saw Dunkirk the following afternoon, and the improved picture only added to the total sense of immersion that the film produced. Patrons were enthusiastically praising the film well after the final credits. There is a further chance to see Dunkirk on Wednesday 18 at 19:30.Thursday saw two screenings of our first Black History Month title, Daughters of the Dust.
This week’s offerings start off on Tuesday with our regular Babes in Arms screening of the delightful cat documentary Kedi. This film has proved very popular, with a sold out performance last month, so there is also another chance to see it next Saturday. On Tuesday evening, we have our second Black History Month feature, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, set during the race riots of 1967, and featuring standout performances for British actors John Boyega and Will Poulter. On Thursday we have two showings of Final Portrait, Stanley Tucci’s affectionate study of the last days of the great artist Alberto Giacometti, subject of a recent Tate Modern exhibition. Read more……….
A mixed reaction to The Death of Louis XIV on Tuesday this week ranging from “amazing” and “extraordinary” to “morbid, too long and very slow…” But this was certainly a film to stay in the mind, mainly due to the incredible central performance of the great French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud as the exhausted, dying monarch. Touches of wry humour amidst the dark, claustrophobic intensity of the events in the king’s bedroom at Versailles added to this powerful and unique cinematic experience.
The Big Sick on Tuesday (the title refers to ‘sick leave’ for a UK audience!) is a treat! Even if some patrons may find the original American title somewhat less than appealing, don’t let that stop you from seeing this very entertaining romantic comedy, according to one film-goer “the best movie I’ve seen in a long time”. Original and very funny, with a first-rate cast, the story line also portrays love and cultural conflict with poignancy and compassion.
Tuesday’s audience will be the first to benefit from two improvement projects currently taking place. We’ve previously referred to the re-upholstering of seats in the front three rows, but exciting news of another project is included when clicking….. Read More.
Last week was a busy one, with screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus our AGM on Thursday. Kedi attracted an audience of cat lovers and people who had visited Istanbul, and obviously enjoyed the sold-out screening. I’m not in either group, but still found it a very pleasing viewing experience. If you missed it, there are two further chances to see it again on Saturday 14 October at 14.30, or in our Babes in Arms screening on Tuesday 10 October at 11.00. Our Dunkirk screenings on Wednesday were both sold out, but there are other opportunities to see this film, which has been a great critical and commercial success, on Wednesday 4 October at 14.30 (subtitled for those with hearing loss) and Wednesday 18 October at 19.30. Read more about our AGM etc.
We’d like to welcome you to our AGM to be held in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower on Thursday 21 September at 19:30. The meeting will be followed by a screening in the cinema of a new 28 minute documentary about the Fairfield Halls entitled The Fairfield Collection. Refreshments will be available. Do join us if you can – your comments and views are always important to us and this is an ideal opportunity for you to let us know what you think.
Looking back to last week, My Cousin Rachel was enjoyed by the Babes in Arms audience on Tuesday morning. Sophia Coppola’s re-make of US Civil War drama The Beguiled mostly compared favourably with Don Siegel’s 1971 version which starred Clint Eastwood. “Great” and “very enjoyable” were just a couple of the comments from younger film-goers, but others perhaps preferred the original…
The delightful Kedi (Cats) on Tuesday is fully booked, but we’re pleased to say there’s another showing on Saturday 14 October at 14:30. Meanwhile, it’s our next Babes in Arms screening on 10 October at the usual time of 11:00. Read more…….
Many thanks to our guests Alex Barrett and Graham Chalk for making Tuesday evening at the David Lean so memorable. Alex (director/editor of London Symphony) took part in an illuminating Q&A, and Graham (Director of Film and Media Production at the BRIT School) launched our BRIT School Showcase screenings. Part of the occasion was filmed by the School’s Live Crew for their next production, so we will provide details when this can be seen on YouTube. For more information on the London Symphony film which is making a tour of venues across the country, see their website or read more on this story.